This article was published on May 3rd, 2016
Inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899’, Disney’s Newsies, a theatrical production presented by Broadway Across Canada, tells the story of a newsboy Kid Blink who leads a band of orphan and runaway newspaper boys on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other top newspaper publishers. The much anticipated Broadway musical will be in Vancouver July 5-10 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Set in New York City, Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies’, who dream of a better life away from the hardship of the streets. Together, the newsies from across the city rally together to strike for what’s right after publishes titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Heart raise distribution prices at the expense of the newsboys.
The Tony award-winning production was intended for a Broadway run of just 101 performances when it originally opened on March 29, 2012. The show has run an incredible 1,005 performances, has been seen by more than one million people, and has grossed over $100M, which broke seven Nederlander Theatre house records and became the highest-grossing show in the 2011-2012 season.
Since the film’s theatrical release in 1992, and subsequent DVD release, Newsies has grown into a cult phenomenon, making it one of the single most requested title of all the Disney musical to be adapted for the stage. The stage version features seven new songs.
Tickets for the live musical performance are available on Monday, May 9. Advance tickets are available through Front Of The Link by American Express, May 2-4.